A massive train crash has tragically killed 10 people and put 132 more in hospital after several carriages were unhooked from the tracks they were travelling down.
The accident, which reportedly saw a passenger train collide with a goods train on Friday (June 2) evening, took place near Bahanaga Station in northeast India.
Local media reportssuggest that at least eight carriages were overturned during the collision, which saw the goods train, travelling from Kolkata down a “superfast” rail line, smash into the passenger train that was sitting waiting to leave the station.
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The Karamandal Express train was travelling from Howrah to Chennai when it was hit, with passengers onboard reportedly being heard screaming in terror shortly after the crash.
Emergency services were called, and took injured passengers to nearby healthcare clinics in the city.
Odisha’s chief secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena said that the number of people injured was so high that hospitals aren’t able to take everyone, forcing authorities to rely on community healthcare centres in nearby towns and cities.
TheHindustan Times reportsthat more than 60 ambulances were called to deal with the calamity.
On top of this, seven state and national emergency rescue units were deployed to take control of the situation and provide relief.
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Nearby states have pledged their emergency rescue units to help with the tragic disaster.
The Special Relief Commissioner's office in Odisha said in a statement: "Teams have left for the spot for search and rescue operation.
"Collector Balasore has also been directed to reach the spot to make all necessary arrangements and intimate the SRC if any additional help is required from the state level."
Shortly after the immediate crash, footage taken from the crash site showed dozens of people attempting to retrieve their belongings from several massive overturned carriages, climbing up using ladders.
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